Girl Scouts Deny Claims of Brochures About Sex
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. - An Internet storm of chatter is brewing regarding the Girl Scouts, upsetting some parents so much that they are pulling their daughters out of troops.
Charmaine Mueller is a PTA president at a Spotsylvania, Va., Catholic school. She became aware of the buzz online when she approached school leaders about using school grounds for her daughters' troops.
"I went to the deacon to find out why the Boy Scouts could use the facilities and not the Girl Scouts and I was told because of the connection between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood and I was like there's no connection," she said.
After a few Google searches, she discovered numerous postings about the two organizations. They started with one Arizona mother's story. Sharon Slater claims she was in New York at a United Nations conference when she was not allowed inside a Girls Only workshop hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA and some other international girls organizations. She went inside the room after the girls left and found sexual brochures put together by the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
"They were explaining about very disgusting sexual acts," said Mueller, who is upset after reading a link to the brochures. "Girl Scouts need to come clean. They need to say 'yes, we are very much partnering with this group or no, we're not.' Either or, but come out and say what you're doing."
Girl Scouts of the USA has fired back with a statement saying, "The Internet stories and blogs are factually inaccurate and troubling. This story is just not true.
"Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a partnership with Planned Parenthood," wrote Michelle Thompson in a letter to WUSA-TV. "The bottom line is that GSUSA did not provide girls with any materials from any third party at the Girls' Only workshop conducted on March 1 at the United Nations."
Still, some mothers have drafted a letter they plan to send to New York demanding that Girl Scouts of the USA denounce the brochures, among other demands.
In the meantime, Mueller said she is already pursuing other organizations for her daughters to join.
"It's not the same experience that I had growing up as a child and it's not even the same experience my 14-year-old had," she said. "In fact, the only thing that's stayed constant are the cookies."